Title: Victim of Love
Author: Darien Cox
Publisher: Dusk Notes
Release Date: July 11, 2015
Page Count: 211
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Young lab scientist Olsen Westergard has worked long and hard to create order and stability in his life, and believes he’s finally content. But when he goes on a summer holiday trip with his friends, they try to rouse him from his customary caution, urging him to remedy his extended sexual dry spell. Their fumbled efforts to hook him up validate Olsen’s guess that he likely won’t meet the type of guy he’s looking for on this trip. Or rather, the type of guy he thinks he’s looking for.
But when a solo late night beach walk leads to a heated encounter with a drunken stranger, Olsen unexpectedly finds himself overwhelmed with turbulent desires—made worse when he later discovers the stranger’s surprising identity, and that ready or not, they’re about to get to know each other a whole lot better.
I’ve been thinking about this book all day. I stayed up until 1:00am finishing it. And then proceeded to think about it all day. And why? Because it was so UNIQUE! It was utterly, deliciously different. I think this is the most creatively spun MC in a traditional contemporary m/m romance I have ever read. Beck, ladies and gentlemen. I will never, in my life, forget the FORCE of nature that is Beckett Turner.
Beck is batshit crazy. Not just a bit. He is literally certifiable. Olsen (our other MC) meets Beck on the beach when Beck appears dead (but isn’t), steals Olsen’s phone and runs away with it, only to force Olsen to climb a sand dune to get it back from him. I honestly spent the first part of this book waiting for the straight jacket.
But then the masterful Darien Cox strikes. There is a reason I drop everything when one of his books hits! You begin to see behind all the layers that make up Beck. And the ROMANCE is there suddenly, and then your heart is bleeding on the floor, and all I wanted to do was push Beck against my chest and squeeze the shit out of him in a hug.
This book had it all for me. Laugh out loud moments from the get go. Olsen’s POV throughout the book, and he’s snarky and flippin hysterical! True what-the-ever-lovin-FUCK moments of Beck’s crazy. Holy-shit-I-need-a-cold-shower from the smexy parts. OMG this is the cutest romance ever after I inevitably (and you will too – I DARE you not to) fall in love with Beck.
Even though it was all over the place, I was on the edge of my seat. I stayed up until 1:00am for a reason. I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened next with all the crazy!
You won’t know what hit you. So entertaining. Read this book!